January 29th, 2014 by Laura
Early this month, a sign was up in the window of the EXPO Apartment buildings stating that Roaring Bowl was “hiring” – well, the new shabu shabu spot quietly opened its doors last night at 516 1st Ave N.
The new Asian-inspired restaurant focuses on shabu shabu, and also offers Gamjatang and Robota grill. Roaring Bowl’s shabu shabu provides diners with an interactive experience, where they cook thin slices of meats, seafood, and/or vegetables in a hot broth at their table, seasoning the soup to their tastes.
Roaring Bowl has an open kitchen concept with three main menu concepts – in addition to shabu shabu, they’ll also serve Gamjatang, a spicy Korean pork bone soup, and Robota Grill, where chefs grill and serve chicken kushiyaki style, Korean kalbi (beef short ribs), and tograshi brined pork belly.
Owned by Northwest native Sean Kaywood, the restaurant will serve high quality, seasonally sourced local ingredients such as wild salmon, kurobota pork belly, and Painted Hills beef. Kaywood’s travels in Asia inspired him to bring the flavors of Japan, Korea, and China to his new restaurant.
Roaring Bowl will be open seven days a week for both lunch and dinner, with one hour of complimentary parking available at the EXPO Building.
Tags: business opening
January 26th, 2014 by Laura
Attention oenophiles – Robert Ramsay Cellars is opening a wine tasting cellar at 1629 Queen Anne Ave N (in the spot previously held by Café de Lion).
Woodinville has been home to the boutique winery, but Queen Anne is home to owner/winemaker Robert Ramsay Harris, better known as Bob Harris, and his wife, Lauren, who’ll be running the day-to-day operations of the Queen Anne location.
Founded in 2005, Robert Ramsay Cellars produces Rhone varietals including Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre, as well as some Cabernet too, from grapes from Washington vineyard partners. Bob first forayed into winemaking 12 years ago at another winery before founding Robert Ramsay.
Like most smaller winemakers and winery owners, Bob has a day job – wine is a passion for him, and the tasting cellar on Queen Anne will be a great spot to share that passion with the community.
According to Lauren, “We were looking for a second location and are thrilled to bring a tasting room to Queen Anne, which is only 3 blocks from our home. We love it here and want to share our business and hope people enjoy our product!”
You’ll be able to taste their creations when the doors open in March. Robert Ramsay will be open 5 days a week, offering wine flights and bottle purchases – while you wait for March, you can check out the reviews and accolades for their wine online.
Tags: business opening, new business
January 25th, 2014 by Laura
Photo courtesy of CorePower Yoga
A new option for yoga on Queen Anne is now open for business. CorePower Yoga opened its 5th Seattle location yesterday, Friday, on Lower Queen Anne in the Ava apartment building at 300 3rd W Ave.
Based out of Denver, CorePower Yoga’s Queen Anne location is the 93rd studio nationally, joining Seattle studios located in Ballard, Capitol Hill, Green Lake and Bellevue.
The new Queen Anne location offers different yoga styles for all levels, Yoga Teacher Training, and Lifestyle Programs (e.g. boot camps, wellness cleanses).
Photo courtesy of CorePower Yoga
According to Bryna Fahrner, CorePower Yoga’s Queen Anne Studio Manager: “CorePower Yoga fits so seamlessly into Queen Anne’s historic, yet urban neighborhood setting. Having helped open Ballard, CPY’s first Seattle studio, it has been amazing to watch as each CPY Seattle studio thereafter has come alive with their own, unique community.”
You can check out classes online and new CorePower Yoga students get one week of free yoga classes at the Queen Anne studio.
Tags: business opening, new business, yoga
January 19th, 2014 by Laura
If you’ve walked by the EXPO Apartments building lately, you’ve likely seen the sign for Agave Cocina & Tequilas along the 1st Ave N side of the building (along with a note for Roaring Bowl – more on them soon).
Owner Federico Ramos says the family owned and operated restaurant will be opening in early summer – they’re shooting for a May 2014 grand opening.
The Lower Queen Anne/Uptown location will be the third Agave in the area. Other locations are in the Issaquah Highlands and Redmond Town Center. You can check out their fare online, and note, they’ll be serving tequila and cocktails too.
According to Ramos, Agave serves contemporary Mexican cuisine, and they use fresh natural ingredients (organic when possible), with no preservatives, trans-fats or lard. Agave makes all of its food from scratch, including sauces, fillings, tortillas, and guacamole, and many of the restaurant’s specialty cocktails are made with fresh juices and purees.
The Agave family is looking forward to opening its third location in Queen Anne, just in time for summer!
Tags: Agave, business opening
January 7th, 2014 by Laura
Over the holidays, a reader wrote in to ask about Sam’s Sushi – Sam’s is closed and a sign is up in the window announcing “The Golden Olive” coming soon.
Nothing is coming up in business or liquor license applications for the new Mediterranean restaurant. All we know at this point is that it’ll replace Sam’s at 521 Queen Anne Ave N sometime this month (January).
The Sam’s awning and signage is still up, so an educated guess on “when” would be late January.
If you know anyone at The Golden Olive, let us know.
Tags: business closure, business opening
January 4th, 2014 by Laura
Just in time to soothe sore New Year’s resolution muscles, Massage Envy Spa is opening on Queen Anne this Monday, January 6th.
Owners Pam and John Bahlenhorst have partnered with their daughter, Jenna, a Queen Anne resident, to give the newest Massage Envy location a local connection and a family business feel.
The Bahlenhorsts have been in the fitness industry for 15 years, and according to Pam, “We have a passion for health and wellness, and as members of Massage Envy ourselves, love the concept of a membership-based wellness program… The most rewarding part is helping people make their mind and body feel better.”
The Queen Anne Massage Envy will be the Puget Sound’s 24th clinic, and it’s located at 4 West Crockett St. Later this month, the spa will host a Grand Opening event, at which residents can tour the clinic and learn more about massage therapy.
Tags: business opening
November 28th, 2013 by Laura
A reader tipped us to a change at 2209 Queen Anne Ave N last night – not sure how I missed this one, but the signage must have just gone up or I was totally oblivious when I walked by the other day (possible when you have a hyper puppy in tow)… Local French restaurant Portage is now Cioppino Ristorante Italiano.
Searches are turning up pretty much nothing on the new spot; the sign is up, but the menu in the window is still Portage’s last menu (and, it’s Thanksgiving, so no one is around as you can see in the photo).
According to a November 2nd post on Portage’s Facebook page, the owners “are moving on to a new venture in Fremont on 36th street this winter. Portage has a new owner who will continue to satisfy your foie gras fix.”
Stay tuned for more info on what looks to be a new Italian spot on Upper Queen Anne!
Tags: business opening, Cioppino, Italian restaurant, Portage
November 23rd, 2013 by Laura
According to Zagat.com, Taylor Shellfish is set to open a shop on Lower Queen Anne/Uptown in the spring. Taylor Shellfish currently has a shop at Melrose Market, with the second location planned for the retail level of EXPO apartments at 118 Republican St.
Here’s the scoop from Zagat:
Taylor Shellfish has signed a lease for a new shop in Lower Queen Anne, on the ground floor of EXPO apartments. It’s expected to open next spring.
The first Seattle shop on Melrose debuted in 2011 to rave reviews. Originally intended as a shop to showcase bivavles raised around the Puget Sound, with a small oyster bar, the tables were soon turned as oyster fans poured into the place to feast on Kumamotos, Shigoku and Totten Inlet Virginicas while sipping oyster-friendly wines. Seating expanded, geoduck chowder was added. The shop evolved into more of an eatery, the casual atmosphere warm and inviting. The new spot will have a similar mission.
Tags: business opening, oysters, Taylor Shellfish
September 30th, 2013 by Laura
Have you been anxiously awaiting your sugar fix at the corner of Crockett St and Queen Anne Ave N? Or has the Cupcake Royale tent done its job? (I know I’ve picked up my fair share of cupcakes…)
Well, the wait is almost over. After much work on the interior space, Cupcake Royale is opening on Thursday, October 10th – which is also a Queen Anne Farmers Market day, so two for one!
Cupcake Royale is not only opening, they’re throwing a party – here’s the rundown of opening day events straight from the source, and be sure to note that our newest merchant is already getting in the Queen Anne spirit with proceeds from the Future Froster event going to our own Queen Anne Helpline (thank you, Cupcake Royale!).
- 7am: The first 100 customers who come in and buy a coffee drink will get a Cupcake Royale QUEEN ANNE diner mug – FREE! while supplies last!
- 7am-10am: Enjoy samples of the bakery’s new line of pastries – fresh from the ovens! Including homemade muffins with seasonal berries, delicious scones, coffeecakes, banana bread, cookies and more!
- 10am-noon: Future Froster of America? Try your hand at a frosting a perfect Cupcake Royale swirl! Cupcake Royale expert frosters will be helping with demonstrations and lessons! There will be prizes awarded for the best looking cupcakes! Meet Queen Anne Manager Alyson Stoner and decorate your own cupcake. Learn more about hosting your own Sprinkle Cupcake Party in the café. Price is $5 a cupcake, with proceeds going to the Queen Anne Helpline.
- 3-7pm: FREE BABY SCOOP of Cupcake Royale’s Homemade Ice Cream! Come in during the Farmer’s Market and along with samples of pastry, cupcakes and coffee, and enjoy a free baby scoop! Meet Cupcake Royale Owner and Founder Jody Hall.
Mark your calendars for October 10and get your sweet-tooth fix!
Tags: business opening, Cupcake Royale, new business
September 3rd, 2013 by Laura
Former Blockbuster site
Photo courtesy of Ewing & Clark
We’ve had several readers write in and let us know that the former Blockbuster Video location at 522 Queen Anne Ave N is sporting a new “leased” sign in the window. The location has been vacant since February 2011, and it’s a prime spot across from the Uptown Theatre.
I did some digging, and it looks like a new pet store is on its way to serve Queen Anne and Uptown dogs and cats.
The long-vacant Blockbuster spot will be home to a new Mud Bay location. According to Mud Bay co-CEO Marisa Wulff, the new store will be opening in early December.
Mud Bay is a family-owned pet supply store that was founded in 1988 by Elsa Wulff, expanding from a “tiny farm store on Mud Bay Road in Olympia” to 24 (soon to be 25) stores in the Puget Sound region.
Tags: business opening, new business
July 7th, 2013 by Laura
Local Seattle salon Chroma Salon and Spa is adding a Queen Anne location at 1809 Queen Anne Ave N (the former home of Robert Samuel Salon). Chroma is now open and planning a grand opening reception at the end of July.
The Queen Anne location will be the third Chroma Salon and Spa – owners Daniel Deaver and Bryce Francis opened the original Chroma in Wallingford two years ago, and added a second location downtown in the Alexis Hotel.
New home of Chroma Salon and Spa
For those of you who’ve frequented Robert Samuel Salon, the Chroma owners have been working with Robert prior to the change. Chroma Salon and Spa will be keeping many things the same, including product lines and some familiar faces from Robert Samuel.
According to owner Bryce Francis, a key change will be the addition of spa services. However, the salon will mainatain the commitment to the Queen Anne community that Robert Samuel has had over the past two decades. Bryce and Dan are Green Lake residents, but have spent a lot of time on Queen Anne and are looking forward to the new location:
“We are very excited to meet the neighbors and invite you all to come in and say hello. We’ll try to get out and introduce ourselves to the local community in the coming weeks.”
And, for those of you wondering about Robert Samuel, he’s still in business at Salon Voda and can be reached at 206.281.7366.
Tags: business opening, new business, salon
July 5th, 2013 by Laura
Fuji Bakery, a Japanese artisan bakery with a location in the International District, has opened the doors on a new location at 1030 Elliott Ave West. You may have noticed the white building with the red letters on Elliott – it’s been there for a few months, and it’s now finally open.
The new bakery has an array of both sweet and savory pastries – I stopped by this morning and picked up a Bacon Epi, Custard Bun, and a Fraise, a flaky pastry topped with custard and strawberries (all tasty!), and spoke with the owner about the new store.
The bakery had a soft open the Monday before last, and is now fully up and running with a case full of tasty baked goods, Vashon Island Coffee Roasters coffee, two large family style tables, and free ample parking in a lot to the south of the building.
Fuji Bakery has been open in Seattle since June 2009, and now you no longer have to travel to the ID for their baked goods. Stop by Fuji Bakery for your sweet and savory cravings, and welcome them to the neighborhood!
Tags: bakery, business opening, new business